Union disappointed by hospital ratings

Union disappointed by hospital ratings

Union disappointed by hospital ratings

First published in News

A nursing union says it is “very disap- pointed” by a hospital trust’s rating following an inspection.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said it would be working alongside staff and managers at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust to help boost its performance.

A report published by the Care Quality Commission said the trust “required improvement” following an inspection earlier this year.

Inspectors visited the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

The report said A&E services in particular were struggling to cope with surges in demand, which led to long delays for patients.

It said patient flow through the trust was poor.

This is partly caused by high numbers of bed-blocking patients unable to be discharged because no nursing or care home place can be found for them.

Other concerns raised in the report included problems with outpatients appointments and staffing levels in some departments.

RCN Sussex officer Sue Huggins said she hoped the trust could make the significant progress needed to improve its rating.

She said: “The Royal College of Nursing is working alongside the trust to aid future improvements in workforce planning, safe staffing levels and in the investment of nursing and healthcare staff.

“All of which will help to ensure that good quality patient care is delivered.” Independent patient group, Brighton and Hove Healthwatch, said it had been made aware of issues with A&E and wait- ing times after patients had got in touch.
It is working on a project looking at improving hospital discharge and will also be part of a new group looking at how the emergency department at the Royal Sussex could be redesigned.

Healthwatch manager Claire Jones said: “Although there are clear areas of improvement needed we were pleased to see areas of outstanding service.

“We are happy to support the trust in its work to improve services, especially to reduce inappropriate admissions to A&E.

“We hope the trust will take immediate action to improve services and its ratings to good and outstanding.” 

 

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:01am Mon 11 Aug 14

hoveguyactually says...

"A nursing union says it is “very disap- pointed” by a hospital trust’s rating following an inspection."

How disap- pointing that no one bothered to check this variation on the word.
"A nursing union says it is “very disap- pointed” by a hospital trust’s rating following an inspection." How disap- pointing that no one bothered to check this variation on the word. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 1

9:34am Mon 11 Aug 14

Quiterie says...

hoveguyactually wrote:
"A nursing union says it is “very disap- pointed” by a hospital trust’s rating following an inspection."

How disap- pointing that no one bothered to check this variation on the word.
Perhaps the nursing union representative had a stammer?
[quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: "A nursing union says it is “very disap- pointed” by a hospital trust’s rating following an inspection." How disap- pointing that no one bothered to check this variation on the word.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the nursing union representative had a stammer? Quiterie
  • Score: 1

2:36pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Morpheus says...

Wait until the rebuilding starts and then we will really find out what poor service means. The rebuilding on this site is one of the worst decisions ever made. It should be reversed and a new site found as soon as possible.
Wait until the rebuilding starts and then we will really find out what poor service means. The rebuilding on this site is one of the worst decisions ever made. It should be reversed and a new site found as soon as possible. Morpheus
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree